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The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd The poem The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd is a look into the mind of a realistic or some may even say pessimistic person It was written as a response to the more idealistic poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe The Passionate Shepherd is the story of a man trying to convince the lady he loves to spend the rest of her life with him He describes the happiness that will surround them and the beauty they will live with the rest of their lives The shepherd swains shall dance and sing For thy delight each May morning- The theme of the poem is essentially to woo the shepherds love to come live with him Many responses were written to this poem but the most famous came from Sir Walter Raleigh Raleigh wrote The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd Sir Walter Raleigh actually became famous for colonizing the Americas and for being the founder of a settlement in Virginia With this response to Marlowes poem he also became a poet He wrote the best response to Marlowes idealistic shepherd In the first stanza the nymph otherwise known as the shepherds love begins to state an argument against the shepherds views She says that if their love would always stay young and their world would never change then she would gladly spend the rest of her life with him After saying this the nymph explains in detail what the reality of things would be if they spent their lives together The second stanza begins by saying that in time the flocks of sheep would leave the field The rivers would grow to be more violent and smash against the rocks instead of flowing gently The nightingale would stop singing and soon after the complaints in their relationship would start
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